Through the Eyes of Art: The Cookout
Black History Month Calendar of Events
The Chosen Few and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) present the 8th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. This annual event brings together artists, community leaders, politicians, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the black experience.
This year’s theme is The Cookout. Throughout the month, we’ll be immersing ourselves in programming that explores amazing soul food cuisine, spotlights Seattle’s Black-owned food establishments, and dives deeper into issues related to health and wellness, food justice and access.
See you there!
Learn more about soul food, food justice and the Seattle black food scene!
Our programming will include The Cookout Challenge, a Cookalong with Celebrity Chef Danielle Alex, a panel discussion on Food Justice & Seattle’s Food Movements and much much more.
WEEK 1: February 8-14
Friday, February 12, 6:00pm PST: Mental & Physical Health in the Black Community | MoPOP Facebook Live
Conversations about physical and mental health (especially) are not had often enough in the Black community. But we are hoping to help change that. Join us and our panel of Black personal trainers and therapists as we have this very important conversation.
Guests Panelists will include Andrew “Bull” Stewart of Columbia City Fitness, LaTaunya Witherspoon with SpoonFed Training, Elijah Baker with Always Winning Fitness, Toni Bailey of Zumba Fitness, and Gabrielle Oglesby with SunEarth Healing
WEEK 2: February 15-21
Thursday, February 18, 3:00pm PST: “Les@Nite Painting Loudly: Each Brush Stroke Makes a Difference” (Live) with Lester Pearson | IG Live Takeover
There are many songs that are considered Cookout classics. Attend any gathering and there is a high chance you will hear them bumping through the speakers: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”, Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” and more.
Join Lester Pearson as he paints a portrait of the late, great singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, the artist that sang one of his favorite Cookout songs “Got to Give It Up”.
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Friday, February 19, 6:00pm PST: Food Justice & Seattle Food Movements | MoPOP Facebook Live
Featuring a panel of amazing organizers doing a lot of great work fighting hunger and addressing issues related to food access, join us for a passionate and reflective conversation about food justice and how you too can be a part of the movement.
Week FOUR: February 22-28
Let us discuss the things we need to purge from our refrigerators and pantries, learn how to adopt healthy food practices, and how they can contribute to the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases and can contribution to your overall health and wellness.
Saturday, February 27, 12:00pm PST: Building Black Wealth: A Live Virtual Marketplace: Seattle’s Black-Owned Restaurants | Facebook Live
Join our host, hip hop artist and Seattle native, Draze, as we showcase some of Seattle’s most loved Black-owned food establishments. Get to hear their story, learn about their mouthwatering offerings, and find out how you too can sink your teeth into them. RSVP on our Facebook event page!
Past Building Black Wealth Live Events.
Building Black Wealth | Me & The Bees | Hosted by Draze
Building Black Wealth | Hot Sauce Shero | Hosted by Draze
Building Black Wealth | Laila Ali | Hosted by Draze
Building Black Wealth | The Honey Pot Company | Hosted by Draze
Welcome to the Cookout Playlist
Through the Eyes of Art: Welcome to the Cookout! A Conversation About Food, Identity, and Pop Culture
Black food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty wrote, “The Old South is a place where people use food to tell themselves who they are, to tell others who they are, and to tell stories about where they've been.” This is a poignant and powerful point; one that asserts the simple and inarguable fact that food is a form of a cultural expression and identity.
From the creation of mouthwatering dishes to how recipes have been passed down through generations, food captures stories of heritage and lineage. In the ingredients chosen and the creative substitutes people use to make up for what they cannot access, food brings to light stories of race, power and (in)justice.
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Black-Owned Food Establishments
Here's a list of Black-owned food establishments we can support today.
Fat’s Chicken & Waffles
2726 E Cherry St.
Island Soul Run Bar & Soul Shack
4869 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
2122 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
2909-B E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
2510 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Delish Ethiopian Cuisine
5701 Rainier Ave S
Taste of the Caribbean
1212 East Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA, 98122
Avole Ethiopian Coffee
6630 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
1412 E Union
Seattle, WA 98122
The Comfort Zone Restaurant
5016 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant
2605 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
5303 Rainier Avenue S. Suite B
Seattle, WA, WA 98118
East African Imports & Restaurant
306 23rd Ave S #104
Seattle, WA 98144
ABOUT Danielle Alex
Danielle grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended The Culinary Institute of America and got an MBA in Hospitality in Paris. She launched her own business, becoming a private chef for celebrities like Alicia Keys and Carmelo Anthony. She has been on the Food Network and has a blog called Diversity Kitchen.
Community is invited to take photos of their meals and snacks and post to social media using the hashtag #TheCookoutChallenge, or by tagging MoPOP on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to share your progress.
Ask diet-related questions using the hashtag #TheCookoutChallenge and individuals from Diversify Dietetics will be available to help answer!